Quest for the Heartstone

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Quest for the Heartstone
XL1 TSR9114 Quest for the Heartstone.jpg
Code XL1
Authors Michael L. Gray
First published 1984
Linked modules
X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, X8, X9, X10, X11, X12, X13, XL1, XSOLO, XS2

Quest for the Heartstone is a 1984 adventure module for the Basic Rules of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Plot summary[edit]

Quest for the Heartstone is a wilderness and dungeon scenario, and includes a frost giant lair, with four pages of illustrations to show the players.[1]


XL1 Quest for the Heartstone was published by TSR in 1984 as a 32-page booklet with an outer folder, and was written by Michael L. Gray, with art by Jeff Easley.[1][2] The module was designed for use with the LJN and TSR toy D&D characters, such as Strongheart and Warduke, and includes statistics for all the toy figures.[1]


Graham Staplehurst reviewed Quest for the Heartstone for White Dwarf, and gave it 4/10 overall, calling it, "no more than a sales exercise for AD&D Action Toys".[3] Staplehurst felt that the module was "very reminiscent of everyone's first dungeon: a collection of randomly placed monsters with a random selection of Good Guys going off after some magic item and having to hack through them," criticizing that "No thought has gone into this at all, as far as I can see, although TSR have done their best with the artwork and maps to try and remedy the situation."[3] Staplehurst pointed out some of the many references within the module to the LJN AD&D toy line ("You may use the Five-headed Hydra Bendable Monster for this encounter", and "the Dragonne monsters produced by LJN Toys Ltd"), noting that "As the adventure progresses ... it merely degenerates into excuses to introduce monsters that happen to be in the TSR figures or LJN range."[3] He also pointed out some of the more bizarre encounters of the adventure, such as two giant crab spiders living in a cabin, and the "Golem Storage Room". Ultimately, Staplehurst said he despaired of ever running the module, as "Few and far between are sensibly planned encounters with alternative courses of action".[3]

Lawrence Schick, in his 1991 book Heroic Worlds, calls this adventure a "Laughable scenario".[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. pp. 149–150. ISBN 0-87975-653-5. 
  2. ^ Gray, Michael L. Quest for the Heartstone (TSR, 1984)
  3. ^ a b c d Staplehust, Graham (March 1985). "Open Box: Dungeon Modules". White Dwarf (review) (Games Workshop) (63): 12. ISSN 0265-8712.